Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Hawks' Millsap ready to match Morris, Wiz with 'MMA' style

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Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 07:01

The Hawks don't figure to back down. The Hawks still have all of their home games ahead of them and only need to steal one road game. He scored early, and he challenged Millsap the whole game. But the Wizards, seeded fourth in the East after missing the playoffs past year, out-scored Atlanta 38-28 in the third and led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Morris went along with Millsap's words, saying that they could expect "double MMA" in game two. Defensively, the Hawks are yielding 104.0 points per game against the opposing teams. Even before a mid-season trade that sent Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers, the Hawks had already fallen way off in long-range proficiency.

"I just want to reiterate that it's a long series", said Millsap, who finished with 19 points. "I think they may have gotten like 20-something more shots up than us". "Once we get stops, we're off to the races, and it's tough to guard us that way". The Wizards, especially John Wall, are faster than the Hawks, and giving up the ball so many times is risky and demoralizing. CSN Mid-Atlantic's J.

John Wall: This team rises and falls with Wall. "That's a sign of his toughness that he brings to our team". With 7:03 to play in the third quarter, Beal sank a 15-footer off Otto Porter's assist.

-Beal had his share of open shots and mismatches but was indecisive.

"Not only is he one of the best players at his position, he's also one of the best players in the league", said Brooks. The Hawks seek out contact, which is the biggest reason Millsap's "MMA" comments were criticized - this is as much their doing as it is Washington's. Dennis Schroder scored 23 points and Tim Hardaway had 19. It wasn't only Scott Brooks who noticed the extra energy in the building, but the players as well. He was 2 of 11 of the field and 0 of 6 from 3-point range. He missed three games.

Washington took the regular season series this year 3-1 against Atlanta and Wall averaged 16 points and eight assists in those contests. Watch Atlanta Hawks vs Washington Wizards Game 2 postseason by using the guide which given below.

But after the Wizards won 114-107 on Sunday, Millsap indicated that the Wizards turned the game into something closer to WWE's "SmackDown".

About 30 seconds later, Howard picked up his fourth foul, while Kent Bazemore was at four entering the last quarter, too. If Hardaway's performance in Game 1 was a harbinger of things to come, these playoffs could ultimately cost him millions in free agency. Atlanta closed the first quarter on a 21-7 run after Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Muscala checked in with 4:33 remaining.

Washington's bench is a glaring weakness. Washington's floor general scored a postseason career-best 32 points and dished 14 assists through attractive and skillful passes.

These two teams split their season series 2-2.

Millsap and Wizards forward Markieff Morris were locked in a physical tussle all game, which resulted in some heated moments.

"This is my house", Wall said about the play. "We didn't have to double-team in the post anymore. Then again, it's a different year, but we just know that they're an experienced team".

"We were playing basketball". And when that happens, they are able to unleash the full powers of John Wall's freelancing brilliance.

Wall did just that.

"It's fine", Howard told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta shot 22 free throws thanks to Washington's hyperactivity turning into chopping and clobbering.

With the Chicago Bulls taking a shocking 2-0 series lead on the Boston Celtics, it is reasonable to assume that the motivation to win this series went up a notch.

Sunday, April 16: Atlanta at Washington, 1 p.m. Might we see Thabo Sefolosha inserted back into the rotation?

Kelly Oubre Jr, who played in his first playoff game, said after the game that he felt the home crowd was a big piece to the Wizards' Game 1 win.